Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In organization was criticized after an employee wrote a public Facebook post seeking unpaid interns to work for her. Many critics were appalled that a position would be unpaid, since it seems to contradict Sandberg’s very message. Now, Lean In’s president, Rachel Thomas, issued a statement on the organization’s Facebook page saying that it has had volunteers in the past and, “As a startup, we haven’t had a formal internship program. Moving forward we plan to, and it will be paid. We support equality—and that includes fair pay—and we’ll continue to push for change in our own organization and our broader community.” The original Facebook post was by former Newsweek and Daily Beast employee Jessica Bennett.
After Facebook post about unpaid intern applications was widely circulated.